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Published: Wed, September 28, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

India cant unilaterally separate from Indus Waters Treaty: Sartaj Aziz


According to reports, the Indian government is now looking into ways of increasing its use of Indus waters that flows from India but is controlled by Pakistan. "The Ministry's role was limited to putting forth facts regarding the treaty", the sources said.

Emphasising that Pakistan had strongly rejected Indian narratives, Aziz said that the Pakistan government had addressed letters to the world leaders, highlighting the grave situation in Kashmir, besides handing over of dossiers containing facts about the ground reality. Former Indus Water Commissioner Jamat Ali Shah on Monday slammed India for threatening to block the flow of water into Pakistan's Indus river.

Reports further added that instead of revoking the treaty, the Indian government has made a decision to corner Pakistan by taking leverage of the rights allocated to India as per the treaty.

This high-level meeting holds importance given the Uri incident that took place on 18th September 2016 killing 18 Indian army soldiers. In his speech, he said that India should use more of the resources of rivers.

As per the pact terms, India can use 20 per cent of the Indus' water before it reaches Pakistan but hasn't exercised that option in almost 30 years.

Soofi said that in case India "revokes" the treaty, it literally means it has shunned it and there is no provision in the IWT about its duration or suspension, adding there is no avenue that Pakistan can approach for "revival" of the treaty.

It was also decided that there would be no meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission, till Pakistan stopped sponsoring terrorism against India. The meeting decided that for the present, India would take certain steps.

During Monday's meeting that reviewed the Indus Waters Treaty, which took a decade to negotiate and sign, Modi said: "Blood and water can not flow together". Pakistan has used the momentum to ignite the masses against India, while India has highlighted human rights violations in Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, which lie in the PoK region.

Besides, India will also look at having a conservation storage of 3.6 million acre-feet water.

As of now, India is generating only 3,034 MW. Pakistan has always been accused of backing terrorist groups operating out of the Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir (J and K) in northern India.

Bilateral ties have nosedived in the wake of the Uri attack and Pakistan's open backing of the unrest in Kashmir since the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani, and terming him a martyr.

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